Jaric waiting on Nuggets' plans
By Chris Tomasson, Rocky Mountain News
August 1, 2005
How interested are the Denver Nuggets in Marko Jaric?
That question is about to be answered.
"I will find out (today) what is going on," Jaric, a Los Angeles Clippers restricted free-agent guard said Sunday.
Jaric said the Nuggets and Cleveland are among four teams interested in him. Neither Jaric nor his agent, Bill Duffy, would reveal the other two.
Asked about Denver's interest, Jaric said, "I don't how deep (it is)."
Duffy said, "I think it's strong."
There are indications, though, the Nuggets might choose to hold onto all their $5 million midlevel exception until Aug. 15, the deadline for teams to invoke the so-called amnesty rule. Each team can cut one player and not have his salary count against the luxury tax.
Dallas is considering releasing guard Michael Finley, whom the Nuggets covet, but the Mavericks would prefer to trade Finley.
Duffy plans to speak to Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe today about Jaric, who visited Denver last week. Vandeweghe was unavailable Sunday for comment.
Free agents can begin signing deals Tuesday. If the Nuggets tender an offer sheet to Jaric, the Clippers would have seven days to match. A sign-and-trade also could be arranged.
ETC.: A hospital representative said Nuggets coach George Karl was released Sunday from the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, where he underwent surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with prostate cancer . . . Jay Wright, Team USA's World University Games coach, expects his team to scrimmage Wednesday at the Pepsi Center against Nuggets players working out during the off-season. Metro State players might be used to fill out the roster for the closed scrimmage. Team USA has been having trials since Thursday in Colorado Springs in preparation for the Aug. 12-21 event in Turkey.